17.10.11 Beauty, Hair

Beauty Trend Spotting: Tresses Are A-Tumbling…

Every few seasons there’s a 70s icon revival on the catwalk, which in turn triggers a manestream chain reaction—on the red carpet, as well as off.

Think Bianca Jagger, Cher, Farrah Fawcett, Ali McGraw, Faye Dunaway, Olivia Newton-John, Angelica Huston, Joan Jett, Anita Pallenberg, Marisa Berenson, Catherine Denevue—we could go on and on.

According to Salvatore Ferragamo, Nicholas K, and Betsey Johnson, guess who’s on deck for Spring 2012? Jerry Hall.

The leggy Southern belle supermodel may be best known to most as being the mother of four of Mick Jagger’s children (including our personal girl crush Georgia May), but to beauty experts and celebrity hairstylists alike, it’s always going to be all about her hair.

Why? It’s elementary, my dear. Long and blonde, thick and wavy—Hall’s lush locks are the epitome of sexy (save for Brigitte Bardot and Veronica Lake, of course).

Plus—her’s is the easiest mane to emulate.

Apparently Anna Paquin, Emma Stone, Amber Heard, and Chloe Moretz agree.

It’s as easy as inserting a deep part on the right side and brushing all of your hair over to the left, then using a curling iron to create big ringlets and raking them loose with your fingers.

The tricky part?

Making sure your tumbling waves stay put. The key is to insert a few tress-tone hairpins underneath your hair, right at the nape of your neck.

If you’re into the boho-look, showing the pins is très cool.

If you’re a bit more reserved, try this: Every few inches maneuver a bobby pin vertically, catching a small sliver of hair. Using your fingers, rake loose strands over the pin and repeat, ending with a pin just behind your left ear. Remember to push the pins as high as possible, which is the key to completely concealing them.

Thinking of hopping aboard the tumbling tress-train? Below, the tools you’ll need to give it a go. —India-Jewel Jackson

Conair Instant Heat Ceramic Spiral Styler, $15.99 at Folica.com | Victoria’s Secret So Sexy Style Hold & Finish Hairspray, $14 at VictoriasSecret.comScunci No-Slip Grip Beautiful Blends Bobby Pins—Blonde and Brunette—$3.49 at Amazon.com.

07.07.11 Beauty, Makeup

An Open Letter To Kate Middleton And Her Makeup

Darling Duchess,

Ever since you became betrothed to your beloved, we’ve all paid quite close attention to your appearance. Fashion-wise, we loved the white ruffled Reiss number! But beauty? Le sigh.

We have four words for you: Cher. Amber. Monet. Clueless. Get it?

Yes, you tend to look flawless in full-length snapshots—but sadly the close-up headshots give away your dirty little secret: you’re heavy-handed. That blush! That eyeliner! The horror! (Shame no one has the heart—or balls—to tell you.)

Correct us if we’re wrong, but did you not take a series of makeup lessons soon after Big Willy got on bended knee? Perhaps you skipped the ‘less is more’ lecture—allow us to briefly take you back to basics.

1) Lay off the liner. Heavy kohl is appropriate on occasion (like Halloween), but for high-profile events and official appearances, like the Epsom Derby, or Wimbledon, or the Queen’s birthday dinner, or a world-televised Royal Wedding (much like your own)—ABSOLUTELY NOT. And is that white pencil we see lining your waterline? Epic fail. Of insurmountable proportions.

But we digress.

If eyeliner is a must, just tone it down. Toss the black pencil—way too harsh against your delicate features, as is rimming (and re-rimming) your lower lash line. Opt for liquid chestnut brown instead; a thin, precise line applied at the base of your eyelashes will add subtle warmth and slight depth to your gorgeous gaze. And if you’re feeling sassy, flick it out a bit, à la Lauren Conrad—definitely not Amy Winehouse.

2) Don’t swirl the brush in the blush more than twice. A dab on the apples of your cheeks will do just fine—you needn’t sweep it all the way into your hairline.

3) See number one. And number two should you have a little extra time.

All things considered, you’re a good-looking dame. You could actually forgo 90% of the slap, as it makes you look a bit dated and much older. Other than that, two thumbs up—way up. (Though you may want to rethink the shimmering flesh-tone dancer tights.)

xxxo,
Your friends at Red Carpet Fashion Awards

P.S.—What do you think about her look? Should Kate rethink her makeup M.O.?

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30.05.11 Beauty

Bleached Brows: Do or Don’t?

Most people never really focus on other’s eyebrows until they’re ridiculously over-plucked, grossly under-plucked, or completely MIA—like Claudia Schiffer‘s were at a premiere during the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

While scrolling through the comments on Fashion Critic’s post, it was apparent that everyone knew something about her look was off, but no one could pinpoint exactly what was wrong, other than her slimmer face and trimmer waist.

No one seemed to realize the fact that her eyebrows failed to make an appearance, which contributed to her eye makeup looking a bit too harsh, and her chin seeming a bit more pronounced…

Though she just might be on to something, as Schiffer’s blanched brows are currently all the rage with the high fashion set.

Many influential designers accessorized their Spring/Summer 2011 collections with virtually invisible arches—think YSL, Nina Ricci, Rick Owens, Jason Wu, Valentino, Marc Jacobs, and Bottega Veneta, pictured below, respectively.

We’re all too happy to sit this one out, but what about you—would you ever bleach your brows?

Do you think this trend is awesomely avant garde, or too, too tacky?

Credit: Getty

04.05.11 Beauty

Look We Love: Rihanna’s Red Rapunzel Braid – 2011 Met Gala

While Rihanna’s lacy Stella McCartney frock may not have been well-received, her hairstyle was a bona fide hit. (Or at least it was to us.)

Ever on trend with her rich red mane, the California King Bed singer’s hairstylist Ursula Stephens swept her lengthy locks over her left shoulder and braided down-and-around both sides of her forehead, culminating in a look that was youthful and laid-back, while still entirely appropriate for a fanatical fashion event, such as the Costume Institue Gala.

Wondering where she may have gotten the idea?

Remember Alexander Wang’s S/S10 runway show? Wang’s go-to guy Guido Palau added extensions to each model’s mane and tossed a long loose plait over one shoulder and sent them on their way.

Now that a sexy, sassy side braid is utterly fashionable and excessively cool—there’s never a reason for any girl to have a bad hair day.

Credit: Getty

28.04.11 Beauty

Red Alert: The Rise Of The Redhead

For Hollywood’s hottest, clearly red is the new blond. 

First Khloe Kardashian (for two whole days). Now Blake Lively.

Or perhaps we should attribute it to Drew Barrymore and Mandy Moore.

Long gone is the notion that flaxen strands are sexiest. And we must admit—we’re elated.

Tinseltown’s top trendsetters are finally toying with their tresses and rocking inflamed locks that command attention. (Even if they are just going red for a role.)

We predicted the flaming tress trend last September during NYFW while backstage at Mulberry Spring 2011 presentation, where we watched Sam McKnight fit fifteen models in fierce fiery fringed wigs.

Our theory was validated backstage in Paris where Guido Palau hand-picked a select few models to don cropped copper toppers at Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2011. (Sadly the catwalk versions of crimson manes are much bolder and brighter that what we see on red carpets!)

Starting to see red?

Know this—red fades much faster than any other hue.

To keep your look ablaze, invest in colour-depositing shampoos and conditioners that will prolong the vibrancy of your colour. Those of us in-the-know trust these two collections:

Bumble & Bumble Color Support True Red, $23 each at BumbleAndBumble.com, and John Frieda Radiant Red, $6.49 at Drugstore.com.

Credit: Style.com, Zuma Press & Getty

Look We Love: Jennifer Hudson’s Bold Blue Eyeshadow

We tend to dislike anything too matchy-matchy, but Jennifer Hudson is making us rethink our position.

Spotted leaving the MayFair Hotel in London, the Grammy award-winning singer kicked up her laid back look with a vibrant cobalt blue eyeshadow that matched the lining of her leather jacket.

And she’s right on-trend—bold blue eyes were shown on the Spring/Summer 2011 catwalks last October.

Louise Gray called upon her go-to makeup artist James O’Riley to envelope each model’s eyes in an electrifying cerulean blue hue accentuated with turquoise eyelashes, while Jean Paul Gaultier’s models rocked down the runway with a sooty smoky eye in a mishmash of blues constructed by Stéphane Marais.

Thinking of following suit?

Go full throttle with Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream Eye Shadow in Intense Blue, $22 at Sephora.com.

For a muted, more wearable version, simply line your lower lashes with Covergirl Liquiline Blast Eyeliner in Blue Boom, $7.99 at Ulta.com.

Credit: Xposure Photos

Beauty Trend Spotting: Punchy Pink Pouts from Spring 2011 Runways

When Emma Stone and Nicki Minaj start to look a bit… similar—attention must be paid.

We’re not speaking of the platinum manes and big baby blues—it’s the electric pink hue slathered across the lips of the comedic actress and risqué rapper, as they were recently spotted rocking a look remarkably reminiscent of what we scoped on the Spring 2011 catwalks. (Who knew they even paid attention to the collections?!)

Variations of ‘pop art pink’ pouts popped up on both sides of the Atlantic; a matte fluorescent fuchsia at Diane Von Furstenberg in New York, and scintillant Schipparelli pink at Jil Sander and Fendi in Milan.

From left: DVF, Jil Sander, Fendi Spring 2011

While the red carpet versions are a bit more muted and slightly shinier, the shock value remains the same.

Sweet on Stone’s shiny ultra pink shade? Try Lancome Color Design Sensational Effects Lipcolor in Poodle Skirt, $22 at Lancome-USA.com.

Mimic Minaj’s candy-coated kisser with Countessa Flourescent Opaque Lipstick, available at SpaceNK.com for $16.

For a more fashion-forward, in-your-face type of look seen on the SS11 runways, go for Nars Matte Lipstick in Funny Face, available at Selfridges.com for £17.50.

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14.04.11 Beauty

Look We Love: Dita Von Teese’s 40s Style Face

Loyalty is not a characteristic we’d typically associate with any Hollywood starlet, but Dita Von Teese very well may be the exception. Best known for her retro sense of style, her virtually microscopic 16-inch corseted waist, and her cheeky burlesque routines, this model-actress may no longer be married to goth rocker Marilyn Manson, but she is, however, married to her makeup. (And has been for the past 20+ years!)

On the red carpet or off to run personal errands, Von Teese is unwavering when it comes to primping her exquisite face. Porcelain skin paired with fluffy lashes and a sharp scarlet smile makes for one modern-vintage look. The key to mastering Dita’s pin-up bombshell face? These three words: All matte everything. (Translation: Not a slick of shine anywhere!) Learn more of her tips and tricks in her new DIY-beauty book, scheduled to be released later this year.

Nars Sheer Matte Foundation, $42 at NarsCosmetics.com | Illamasqua Lipstick in Tramp, $22 at Sephora.com | Shu Uemura Feather Eyelashes, $26 at ShuUemura-USA.com.

12.04.11 Beauty

Look à la Mode: Bang On Trend

Remember back in the 80s when fringe was full and fluffy?

Thank goodness bangs have gotten much sexier over the years.

Instead of being barrel-curled, stacked way too high, and drenched in AquaNet, face-framing fringe today is sleek, chic, and the easiest way to shake up your strands and transform your tresses.

Whether blunt and piece-y like Michelle Monaghan’s, or choppy and wispy like Lake Bell’s, bangs are girlish yet grown, sophisticated yet sultry, modish yet mysterious, and rakish yet rock n’ roll.

Inspired yet?

Go faux first—try Hairdo by Ken Paves and Jessica Simpson Clip-in Bangs, $29 at Ulta.com.

That way you can enjoy the fringe benefits with none of the commitment.